Synopses & Reviews
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A father and daughter walk through their neighborhood, brimming with questions as they explore their world. With so many things to enjoy, and so many ways to askandmdash;and talkandmdash;about them, itand#39;s a snapshot of an ordinaryand#160;day in a world thatand#39;s anything but. This story is a heartwarming and inviting picture book with a tenderly written story by Bernard Waber and glorious illustrations by Suzy Lee.
* andquot;The patience required to converse with a small person who wants to dictate every part of the interaction is sure to be familiar to parents, but the poetic text rises above the mundane and captures the beauty, energy, and innocence of these conversations and holds them up for readers to appreciate without becoming saccharine or trite.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal, starred review
* andquot;Their simple back-and-forth dialogue speaks volumes about their strong father-daughter bond. As endearing and joyful as it is to read Waberand#39;s words aloud, it is Leeand#39;s illustrations that make this title truly special...Sublimely satisfying.andquot;
andmdash;Kirkus, starred review
andquot;This vicarious outing is an excellent model of one-on-one interaction that might inspire young listeners to form their own questions. An easy text for new readers, it could also help tuck in a toddler with a sweet good night.andquot;
andmdash;Horn Book Magazine
andquot;Leeand#39;s expressive artwork has a naive feel, well suited to Waberand#39;s childlike narration...the love this father and daughter share comes through loud and clear.andquot;
* andquot;The easygoing verbal exchange and affectionate visuals celebrate a close father-daughter relationship while recognizing beauty in everyday simplicity.andquot;
andmdash;Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Using characteristically humorous pictures and a delightful, rhyming text, Waber creates a world-weary mouse with a snore that moves furniture, to demonstrate that empathy and acceptance are essential tool for getting along." and#151;Booklist (8/00) Booklist, ALA
"Read aloud, Waberand#8217;s verse is music." and#151;Kirkus Reviews (7/15/00) Kirkus Reviews
"Waber's drawings convey an amazing amount of lively expression in a few lines, and the droll looks on the mouse are very funny." and#151;School Library Journal (10/00) School Library Journal
"Waber, a master humorist, spends his opening pages setting the scene. . . . Listeners will rejoice." and#151;Horn Book (Nov./Dec. 00) Horn Book
"Waber's diverting images of this whiskered hero will surely endear the diminutive fellow to young readers." and#151;Publishers Weekly Publishers Weekly
"Waber's culinary masterpiece is a perfect read-aloud, and a cunning consideration of our frenzied lives." School Library Journal, starred
School Library Journal, Starred
"A satisfying morsel that kids will eagerly devour." Publishers Weekly
"...a satisfying, well-plotted picture book..." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
"Waber has given an original twist to the familiar theme of the test of friendship." Kirkus Reviews
"An entertaining and subtly edifying portrait of a robust friendship." Publishers Weekly
"The book gets to the heart of what is important to children, and the color illustrations are vintage Waber with great facial expressions and humorous, child-friendly images." School Library Journal
"Waber's characters, loosely sketched hippopotami, show their emotions freely, allowing young children to laugh with them without forcing an obvious lesson through mirror images of themselves." Horn Book
A heart-warming and inviting picture book with a tenderly written story by Bernard Waber, and glorious illustrations by Suzy Lee, Ask Me
is the ultimate celebration of a childand#8217;s curiosity, and a father and daughterand#8217;s deep and abiding love for each other.
When a wandering homeless mouse finds his way into this quiet familyand#8217;s house, the quiet is disturbed. No one seems to know who is causing such a ruckus until they rush to the kitchen and discover the tiny culprit! Endearing characters, playful rhyming text, and delightful artwork all add up to a hilarious story of one noisy mouse and the quiet friends who take him in. This playful spoof will have readers whispering one minute and yelling out loud the next!
Things are hopping! Things are popping in fast food town!” Meet Speedy Lane, Jiffie Snack, Whiz-Bang Ewing, and all the folks responsible for getting the food out and eaten fast. The pace speeds through this book, until finally the cook has had enough. She leaves to work at a health food place slowly serving natures greenery, to folks taking time to enjoy the scenery.” Waber hilariously poses the question, Whats the rush?
Evie and Margie are best friends. They do everything together, they even dream together. They dream that one day they will both become famous actresses. So when auditions are held for the school play, they both decide to try out for the lead role of Cinderella. But starring in the school play is one thing they canand#8217;t do together, and when Margie is given the role, Evie is left to cope with her frustration and jealousy alone.
About the Author
Bernard Waber was the beloved author of more than thirty books for young readers, including Courage, Ira Sleep Over, and The Mouse That Snored. With the publication of The House on East 88th Street in 1963, his Lyle the Crocodile became a mainstay of childrenand#8217;s literature, and the adventures of this endearing reptile were featured in numerous books. Because of their honesty, their bravery, and their tremendous heart, his stories and illustrations have been beloved by generations of children